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do you feel like as a homeless person, you have basic human rights? >> no. no. been treated like dogs. >> how one bay area law may, plans to end discrimination against the homeless. what's behind the homeless bill of rights. after it was ruptured by a construction crew, now new concerns they are building too close to a pipeline. and you see them all over bay area freeways. brightly lit flashing billboards. the results of a new study that says they are dangerous for drivers. and good evening, i'm ann notarangelo. protecting the civil rights of homeless people. that's the idea from a state assembly member but not everyone is on board with the
idea. some of the more controversial provisions of the bill have been toned down already. cbs 5 reporter elissa harrington has details of the so-called homeless bill of lights. >> reporter: the homeless bill of rights would be all about freedom from discrimination. do you feel like as a homeless person, you have basic human rights? >> no. no. been treated like dogs. >> reporter: that type of sentiment is what's behind a proposed homeless bill of rights. san francisco assemblyman introduced the legislation calling for statewide recommendations. >> basically what it's saying is, is we're not going to usurp any communities local laws about it. but we'd like to provide direction for how to alleviate homelessness. >> reporter: that means a uniform plan in every california city of where the homeless can get health care. benefits, find a clean bathroom or place to stay.
he wants the goal to be to help the homeless rather than criminalize them. >> i think there's been a trend to criminalize a person if they're homeless. just because they're homeless. >> reporter: homeless i talk to say they're frequently cited by police. simply for living their day-to- day lives. >> i have one right in my wallet. >> reporter: for what? >> they give us citations just for sleeping you know. we should be allowed to sleep. >> reporter: the bill is still being formed but he says it would include free legal representation. a controversial part that would allow protection for certain activities on public property like sleeping, panhandling and urinating has since been taken out. he says the homeless bill of rights is about freedom from discrimination. >> this is an issue that's not going to go away and it's rather overdue that we're -- have not taken this on at a state level. >> reporter: the cost for any programs or where that money might come from has not yet
been specified in the bill. it's expected to have the first hearing in march. ann? >> i want to ask you about that realistically, how disruptive could the legislation be for counties and cities? >> reporter: i was told the idea is not to make a lot of changes within each city or county. it's really just to use the resources they have and make them better. elissa harrington in san francisco, thank you. well, several petaluma restaurants are mosing fund racers this -- hosting fundraisers this weekend in honor of alyssa byrne. how she ended up there and how she died are still mysteries being unraveled. there will be an always next week to determine somehow -- autopsy next week to determine how she died. the money will go to the foundation and the center for missing and exploited children. property owners who have built fences and other structures along a nature trial
have county leaders worried about safety. as nation nation reporter anne makovec -- cbs 5 reporter anne makovec shows us -- already coping with a massacre at a movie theater. >> reporter: walking along the iron horse trail in alamo it's easy to forget what you're walking on. a high pressure petroleum pipeline carrying gasoline and jet fuel. >> i don't know. i don't think about it. i mean we walk on this trail all the time. >> reporter: those living west of the trail don't think much about it either. >> why now is it all of a sudden is this thing coming up? >> reporter: over the decades, fences, posts and other landscaping items have been built close to the pipeline. they're supposed to be kept at least five feet away. now after updating its maps, the county is cracking down. >> it really doesn't matter what it is or potentially how much damage it could do. it can't be allowed. >> reporter: in 2004, the same pipeline exploded killing five people and injuring four others in walnut creek.
it had been punctured by a backhoe. the county is worried that having the construction creates an elevated risk. the company that owns the pipeline kinder morgan has been inspecting the line in alamo. >> we are going to continue to make sure because it's a safety concern that those types of items are removed. >> here we are right in the heart of alamo. >> reporter: this property owner feels safe about his fence, it's been there for almost 30 years. >> it's not anywhere close to puncturing the pipeline. i mean there's no danger of that. >> reporter: if the fence comes down he'll have to rethink the whole yard. >> we have planted our landscaping to screen from the trail. i think cooler heads may prevail somewhere along the line. i'm hoping. >> reporter: there will be a public meeting about this issue on tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the alamo chamber of commerce. in the east bay, anne makovec, cbs 5.
another multiple murder case in a colorado city already coping with a massacre at a movie theater. police in aurora say four people including the suspected gunman are dead following an early morning standoff. the three victims were apparently killed before police arrived. a fifth person reportedly the gunman's wife was able to escape the house and call 911. neighbors describe a chaotic scene as police tried getting the gunman to surrender. >> we've got the building surrounded. please come out with your hands up. >> i heard three gunshots. >> there was multiple multiple -- like explosions. >> tear gas was introduced in an effort to push him out. >> the gunman was shot and killed by police after hours of negotiations failed. neighbors say the victims were related. the shootings happened four miles away from where 12 people were killed at a midnight showing of "the dark knight rises" in july and that gunman james holmes goes to court
monday. several gun shows within an hour's drive from where a gunman opened fire in connecticut have been canceled. organizers say this shows were not appropriate just weeks after the gunman killed 26 people mostly children in newtown. but gun advocates aren't backing down from their insistence on their tight keep and bear arms -- right to keep and bear arms. in stanford, connecticut a gun show will go on. organizers say they sell mostly collectible weapons. big crowds today in southern california at a gun show. cbs 5 reporter greg mills on why so many people turned out less than a month after the newtown elementary school shooting. >> reporter: this place is packed. the gun show at the ontario convention center. the promoter expected about 12,000 people here over this two day event. tracy is adjusting that number upward. >> certainly not 12,000. closer to 15,000 to 18,000 people this weekend. >> reporter: so many people the fire marshal closed the doors after they opened at 9:00 a.m.
this is what it looks like now meeting the limits. lines are still long especially for ammunition. tracy says ammo was four feet high when people were let this this morning. >> most has sold out. >> reporter: by the cart load. the reason? concern about congress. >> very much so. >> reporter: taking aim at ammo. either putting exorbitant taxes on it or limiting the amount one can buy. grant joined the club of concerned gun owners. >> i did join the nra today. so hopefully my funds will help them protect -- protect our second amendment rights. >> reporter: california already has some of the most strict gun laws in the country. if congress wants to ban automatic weapons as has been rumored. it won't affect our state. you can't sell them, buy them, or even own them here. gun owners feel they're paying the price for mass murders in connecticut and colorado. >> i don't think that a few people should make it to where everybody in the country has to pay for what these two people have done. >> reporter: the owner of the gun show promotion company is
headed to washington this thursday for some meetings on the gun issue. that inveighation came from vice president joe biden. in ontario, greg mills, cbs 5. after years of hiring freezes, one california law enforcement agency is looking to hire a few new recruits. in the competition is fierce. cbs 5 reporter carter evans talked to some determined young men and women hoping to join the highway patrol. >> reporter: traffic on the california highway patrol training course is about to pick up speed. a three year hiring freeze has left the department short on new recruits. >> in order to save money, we had not held academy training. >> reporter: but chp assistant chief newman says the end of the financial skid is in sight. >> now is the time to fire up the system and begin to hire again. >> i couldn't wait. >> reporter: chelsea already waited two years. so when the chp began accepting applications at 7:00 a.m. sharp thursday morning -- >> i was ready at 7:00.
6:59 actually. >> reporter: it's a grueling process just to become a cadet. >> the last time around there were more than 50,000 people that applied for them when the jobs opened up. yes, there was. >> reporter: jerome is confident his years in the air force reserves will give him an edge. but he knows the competition is fierce. >> it sounds like it's hard. i mean there's a lot of people coming home from iraq just like me who find someone that's -- a job that's so close to the military like chp. it's a great find. >> reporter: in its hiring the chp says it's also looking to diversify. >> i'm looking at it like i'm going to make it to the academy god willing. >> reporter: this student isn't daunted by the tens of thousands of other applicants. for just 150 jobs. >> if i was just competing dependence 500 i -- against 500. i mean what would be the fun in that? >> you want to be the one in 50,000. >> i do. >> reporter: a small chance to be a driving force in
california's recovery. carter evans, cbs news, sacramento. probably seen the big flashing billboards along bay area streets and highways. mainly because well, they're hard to miss. but as cbs 5 reporter patrick sedillo shows us some drivers say they're a dangerous distraction. >> reporter: if you drive the bay bridge you've probably seen the bright changing billboards. whether you wanted to or not. and they're all over the bay area. >> they're very distracting to me. >> reporter: steve coleman says paying attention to traffic is hard enough. 100 of those bright billboards have been taken down in l.a. and denver has banned them altogether. >> i agree. they should outlaw them and definitely turn the brightness down. >> i think they're distracting. >> reporter: this driver says since her eyes aren't what they used to be she can use all the concentration she can get. >> i'm kind of visually impaired. it's hard on the eye and it's very distracting. >> reporter: the signs are everywhere. even here on market street. this one says no one should text and drive. anything to get your eyes off the road and on to their products.
>> they don't really bother me as far as the distraction. >> reporter: according to a swedish study digital billboards hold the gaze of drivers longer than two seconds. and that's the reason most drivers don't like them but there are plans to install more in the bay area. the next one planned at the 280/880 interchange next to the valley fair shopping center. >> they definitely take your eyes off the road for a minute. but -- it's never really bothered me as far as concentrating on driving all the time. >> you can handle it. >> i can handle it. >> reporter: there's a nonprofit group that wants to limit the amount of billboards but until then. we got to get used to them. >> i think that they should really tone it down sometimes. >> reporter: reporting from the bay bridge. patrick sedillo, cbs 5. so it's time to face up to the fact that our nation is in grave fiscal danger. >> and you thought the battle over the fiscal cliff was bad. the next showdown in congress that has the president taking a solid stance on the debt ceiling.
>> and our hi-def doppler radar our cbs 5 hi-def doppler radar is working overtime today. we'll give you your updated rainfall foals and plus tell you -- totals and plus tell you when your sunshine comes back in your seven day, up next. ,,,,,, ,,
congress and t the battle lines are already being drawn for the next showdown in washington over money. congress and the president have two months to work out a deal to raise the nation's already maxed out borrowing limit. but as cbs reporter major garrett shows us republicans are already saying no deal without spending cuts. >> reporter: the grand stage at
the capitol nearly complete. so too the presidential reviewing stand just outside the white house gate. the first family's hawaiian vacation carved up by fiscal cliff drama ends today. the president used his weekly address to tell the nation that raising the debt ceiling to avoid a government default is a problem for congress. >> one thing i will not compromise over is whether or not congress should pay the tab for a bill they've already racked up. if congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic. >> reporter: top advisers say the president will never again like he did in 2011 get pulled into that debate. but republicans want a fight tying the debt ceiling to spending cuts required by the fiscal cliff. >> we're crushing today's small businesses and the next generation of americans under a mountain of debt. >> reporter: they see an opening at the end of february when the debt limit now $16.4 trillion comes up as to mandatory spending cuts in the
tens of billions. >> it's time to face up to the fact that our nation is in grave fiscal danger. grave fiscal danger and it has everything to do with spending. >> reporter: with income taxes raised republicans contend they now own the spending cut debate. to complicate matters they will run out of funds by the end of march. the president can tell himself he's not trading spending cuts for an increase in the debt ceiling but he probably will be. at least indirectly. major garrett, cbs news, the white house. you hear the term winter wonderland tossed around a lot at this time of year. this is the 29th annual ice and snow festival in harbin, china and all of the large scale snow and ice sculptures are built out of ice block taken from the nearby river. the festival attracts tourists from the world and lasts for a month. and another cold weather
tradition. the alcatraz winter swim. more than two dozen hardy souls braved 49-degree water to swim from alcatraz to aquatic park in san francisco today. some of them wore wet seats but one of the youngest 16-year-old hunter wright wore nothing but his speedo. they have to focus on endurance and also have to be aware of the changing currents of the bay. while they were swimming i don't think it's raining but we've had rain today. elizabeth wenger is on track. >> the worst of it is already passed. between 3:00 and 6:00, that's when we got the heaviest band of showers. but as you can see our hi-def doppler radar still lighting up. in mostly green but obviously yellow out there as well. the north bay though a lot of it is cleared and seeing a dry patch right now over petaluma and also check in now on the south bay where we're seeing a few heavier cells moving in over the santa cruz mountains
to morgan hill. again the scattered showers light rain are going to continue into the overnight hours and into tomorrow morning. so these are rainfall totals so far -- but obviously, the ground is still wet. this is a live look out at san francisco's embarcadero. current temperatures outside once again a chilly night. the temperatures were interesting story today as well. little colder than we initially thought. some areas in the north bay struggled to get out of the 40s. 43 in concord right now. 46 santa rosa and san francisco coming in at 50 degrees. so for tomorrow once again expect scattered showers for the most part things are going to dissipate throughout the day tomorrow. clear by evening. it could be windy as well. especially along the coasts and a chance a slight chance of a thundershower is possible as well. so here's a look at your satellite and radar. you can still see the low still swimming just off the pacific and that's bringing us all the rain and wet weather.
here was the futurecast. you can see by sunday at 12:00 midday, for the most part, things have cleared. but you can see a rain drop or two scattered throughout the early part of the afternoon and then finally we're going to see dry skies by sunday evening after dark. so it looks like in the next 24 hours or so, we're going to get maybe a couple more tenths in some places of rain. not a whole lot more. san francisco, .2 there. otherwise a little less than that in pleasanton and out in heyward. for the most part the bulk of the rain has already left us. pinpoint forecast lows overnight a lot of 40s and fewer 30s in santa rosa. 45 oakland. tomorrow's highs warmer than today. mainly mid- to upper 50s. 53 in san rafael. 57 in oakland and 54 is the high in livermore. over the next several days once again keep the unsettled weather into the forecast for sunday. through about midday. and then clearing skies and
then high pressure builds monday through friday for the most part. and we're going to see more seasonal temperatures. do want to mention wednesday we have a slight chance of rain mainly north of the golden gate. >> all righty. thank you very much. appreciate it. well, a new ad campaign is catching a lot of attention. it's an effort to reclaim the islamic word jihad. the word is known for its negative connotations. the move to help minimize anti- muslim sentiment. ,, well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom was recording her dumb show and dad was recording his dumb show
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a new ad campaign is looking to take the stigma out of the word jihad. the council on american islamic relations says the campaign on muni buses will show the word means more than violence. it means to struggle and the ads will show how a jihad can mean things like trying to lose weight or being a better parent. backers of the project say they're encouraged by the reaction. >> the advertising campaign was actually born as a proactive response to a lot of what we called anti-muslim sentiment and islam phobia spreading
across the country. the response to these advertisements has been generally positive. excited to learn more and see them and there's a lot of curiosity about what the word means and why we're doing this work. >> the 35 my jihad bus ads were up by the start of the new year. the awareness campaign started in chicago last month before moving to san francisco. you can expect more delays flying in or out of sfo this coming year. the airport is shutting down different runways over the next several months to lentnd them. the -- lengthen them. the federal government is requiring the extinctions to make -- extensions the make air travel safer. the work is scheduled to be done by fall of 2015. and a reminder no more free parking on sundays in san francisco. starting this weekend, all parking meters will operate on a seven day a week basis. but you will get a bit of a break. parking control officers will issue reminders instead of citations on cars with expired meters for the next three
sundays. the big warriors and clippers showdown was a letdown for one team. i'm kim coyle and we know now who the 49ers will play next week at candle stick. the minute is next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
the vikings announced quarterback ch would be inactiv 90 minutes before kickoff the vikings announced quarterback christian ponder would be inactive with an elbow injury and green bay took full advantage. silky start the clock. aaron rodgers will play his first game at candle stick a week from tonight. already up 14 the pack attack on. rodgers to do you know. packers win 24-10. they'll be at candle stick next week. the bengals still haven't won a playoff game since 1991. postwe are the only offensive
touchdown -- foster with the only offensive touchdown of the game. houston sins and the texans advance to play the patriots. jeff curry taking the lob out of lob city for the second time this week but that wasn't happening. the warriors couldn't make a shot. the clippers couldn't miss. bledsoe blanks in a three. all clippers all night. stanford loses both games in southern california this week. mohammed of ucla with a one handed show. the bruins over the cardinal. he hits the three for st. mary's. the gales over loyola in the opener for wcc. wallace buries the three late to sink usc. the warriors and clippers going to meet again on mlk day? just a few weeks. so we could see a lot of fun. definitely a revenge game for the clippers because they were embarrassed up here on wednesday night. >> so many people so long have been long suffering warriors fans nice to see a change here. >> they're fun to watch that's for sure. >> more sports for us at 11:00 on cbs 5 and tune in for that.
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